Week six of the 2015/16 NFL season had a little somethin’ for everybody. There was a blocked punt returned for a TD, the continuation of The Sam Bradford Interception Hour, another blocked punt returned for a TD and definitely the worst trick play that has ever made its way onto a professional football field.
Oh, and there are still five undefeated teams – which I guess is a pretty big deal. The Packers, Panthers, Patriots, Bengals and Broncos continued to roll, but it was the end of the line for the Atlanta Falcons, who fell to the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome; can I get a who dat? No?
Ah well, maybe next time – but speaking of undefeated teams…
Can the Denver Broncos D continue to carry Peyton and co.?
I’m going to emphasise the ‘and co.’ here, because I don’t think the Broncos’ offensive troubles are entirely Peyton Manning’s fault. Sure, he may move around like one of the grumpy old guys from the Muppets, but he is still making some key throws. The problem is that a lot of those throws are being dropped. It got to the point in their game against the Cleveland Browns where I actually could believe what I was watching. See for yourselves – just terrible.
But I digress. I am of the opinion that a solid defence can win you a championship, as long as it is partnered with a sound offence – and I’m fairly certain I am not alone in that opinion. I know this offence hasn’t been sound per se, but an incredible defence can cover a lot of cracks, at least enough to clinch another division title.
Fantasy watch: If you’re starting Peyton Manning, stop starting Peyton Manning. The Broncos QB threw for 290 passing yards and one TD, but that was offset by three interceptions, including this one that almost made me physically ill, resulting in just 9.60 fantasy points.
Should the Seattle Seahawks start panicking?
Look, I wouldn’t hit the panic button just yet. The Seahawks have played some genuinely good teams in the Packers, Bengals and Panthers – losing close games to all three; but close losses mean absolutely nothing when it comes to determining playoff spots.
I won’t waffle on, because personally I think they’ll be just fine, but if they lose to the San Francisco 49ers today, I would hit the crap out of the panic button. The loser of that game will be the proud owner of last place in the NFC West.
Fantasy watch: We have finally sighted Jimmy Graham. Though he still hasn’t done enough to earn our trust as a starter, the Seahawks TE had 8 catches for 140 receiving yards on his way to a completely respectable 14 fantasy points. Watch this space.
How bad are the Detroit Lions?
Well, apparently not as bad as the Chicago Bears. This was an ugly game, with neither team seeming interested in breaking the deadlock in overtime. Though there was one positive from this game: the re-emergence of Calvin Johnson. The man they call ‘Megatron’ had two crucial catches late in the fourth quarter and in overtime, and showed that if you target him on down-field passes he will make plays.
It’s good to have you back, Calvin.
Fantasy watch: Calvin Johnson was good – 166 receiving yards, one TD and 22.60 fantasy points – but Matthew Stafford was great. The University of Georgia product rewarded his loyal owners with 405 passing yards, four TD’s and just one interception for 33.90 fantasy points. Wowser!
What the hell happened to the Baltimore Ravens?
They genuinely stink right now and, for me at least, it came completely out of nowhere. They’re an above average team, playing extremely average, and it doesn’t help when Joe Flacco is throwing miserable picks like this one.
Sitting at one win and five losses hurts whichever way you slice it but getting lit up by Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, two of your former players, rubs a little more salt into that wound. Losses to division rivals Cincinnati and Cleveland will make it difficult, if not impossible, to get them back into the race for a playoff spot. I hate to say it Ravens fans, but I’m calling it. Time of death: week six.
Fantasy watch: Colin Kaepernick has bounced back in a big way after a disastrous start to the season, and his game against the Ravens was a little more like the Kaepernick of old: 340 passing yards and two TD’s for 22.60 fantasy points. Healthy.
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